I believe it is essential to provide children with positive healthy eating experiences in order to promote their wellbeing. I also encourage children to look at the long-term effects of a healthy and balanced diet. I respect the different dietary, cultural and health needs of all the children.
The Eat Better, Start Better eating programme was commissioned by the Department of Education and put together by the Children’s Food Trust. I was one of nine childminders in this area asked to be part of the pilot. The ‘Eat Better, Start Better’ programme is about helping children under the age of five to eat well – by helping early years providers meet children’s nutritional needs more consistently. Although I do not provide food, I can advise you on a healthy menu which meets the nutritional requirements and dietary needs of children as they grow. I also have recipes and books which I am happy to share with you.
Should your child have any specific dietary need or allergy, please let me know as I can let the other parents know not to include these in their child’s lunch box.
I encourage children to choose healthy options and to experiment by trying new foods from other cultures.
I will let you know what your child has eaten and approximate amounts at the end of the day. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s diet, please do not hesitate to discuss it with me.
Fresh water or milk is available to the children throughout day.
In line with the Eat Better, Start Better programme, I do not allow sweets or fizzy drinks in my setting.
Policy Created 11.2.18
Review Date 1.1.2022